Economies of the artist: reactivating a conversation

Wednesday 8th July, 2020

Video of a talk between gallerist Sid Motion and lecturer Mick Finch on the economic pressures facing young artists and galleries.

A video of an online talk between gallerist Sid Motion and lecturer Mick Finch on the economic pressures facing young artists and galleries talk took place on 9th July 2020.

The CSM/MF Credit project has one root in a conversation between gallerist Sid Motion and lecturer Mick Finch which began in 2018. This was about a crisis for young artists and galleries, in general, because of the collapse of a ‘middle-ground’ in the art world. This led to an idea to mount an event to address this crisis which did not took place but the conversation itself displaced into the ethos of ‘Credit’. This event will reactivate this conversation and explore its focuses within a pre-Covid and the Covid spaces…

Image: Installation shot of Fresh Cuts, the current show at Sid Motion Gallery.

Sid Motion trained as an artist at Chelsea School of Art and Design and London College of Communications. She held positions at Max Wigram Gallery, David Zwirner and Photo London before opening her gallery in Kings Cross, London in early June 2016. In 2019 the gallery moved to a larger space in South Bermondsey, London. Sid is a regular contributor to panel discussions, workshops and crits for various institutions.

Mick Finch is an artist, whose recent studio practice and research is related to the technical apparatus of the Warburg Haus in Hamburg. He is Principle Investigator for the AHRC funded project, A Vision for Europe: Academic Responsibility and Action in Times of Crises, with the Warburg Institute, and the Bilderfahrzeuge research group, examining the context of a radical WW2 photographic exhibition staged by the Warburg Institute. Outcomes of this project are an exhibition, Bilder Auf Wanderscaft at the Zentralinstitut in Munich, and the publication, Image Journeys: The Warburg Institute and a British Art History. In parallel to ImagingFutures (imaginingfutures.exeter.ac.uk) he is also working on T-Factor, an EU Horizon 2020 funded project.